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University tour of Foreign and Security Policy Report started with discussion on global challenges and security

Ministry for Foreign Affairs 30.1.2020 9.01
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As part of the preparatory process of the Foreign and Security Policy Report, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will organise a series of panel discussions on topical foreign and security policy questions in cooperation with five Finnish universities in spring 2020. The topic “Climate change, global challenges and security” was discussed at the Science Corner of the University of Helsinki on 28 January.

The panel discussion was attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen, university lecturer Hanna Tuominen and associate professor of political science Tuomas Ylä-Anttila from the University of Helsinki. Juhana Aunesluoma, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Helsinki facilitated the discussion.

The panel discussion was attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen, university lecturer Hanna Tuominen and associate professor of political science Tuomas Ylä-Anttila from the University of Helsinki. Juhana Aunesluoma, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Helsinki facilitated the discussion.

A lively debate focused, among other things, on the role of value-based foreign and security policy in solving global challenges such as climate change. Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto reminded us that active leaders are always needed in changes. The importance of international cooperation in the fight against a complex global challenge such as climate change was also highlighted. Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Mikkonen stated in her speech that with a well-educated population, high technology skills and strong will, Finland has the opportunity to truly be a global leader in solving climate change.

In her speech, Hanna Tuominen took up the interactive relationships among climate change, migration and security. Tuomas Ylä-Anttila emphasised that climate change is primarily a political problem, as scientific understanding and technological tools for solving the problem have largely been found.

The recording of the event can be viewed here.

The next event will take place at the University of Tampere on Tuesday 12 February. More information about the event is available on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ Facebook page

Recording of the event at Tiedekulma

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will organise a series of panel discussions on topical foreign and security policy matters at Finnish universities

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